Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has long been trying to establish itself in the state of West Bengal. 2014 Lok Sabha Elections was a remarkable leap in that attempt. The party grabbed the seats of Darjeeling and Asansol, a second consecutive win in the former. The national party even come to the second spot in three other constituencies, Maldaha Dakshin and two seats from the metropolitan Kolkata. It also won 17 per cent of the total votes, most in the history of the party.
As far as the state legislative elections are concerned, the 1980 formed party won a whopping 3 seats. Much of this is accounted to the decline of the Left popularity, making those who don’t favour All India Trinamool Congress(AITC) siding with the BJP. But if the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat is concerned a huge reason for BJP leader Jaswant Singh’s landslide victory in 2009 Elections goes to the support that Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) extended to the party.
In 2014 elections, Mamata Banerjee’s AITC hoped for backing from Gorkha Janmukti Morcha for their candidate and renowned footballer Baichung Bhutia but GJM chose to align again with the BJP, helping SS Ahluwalia registering a whopping victory with a vote share of 42.73 percentage!
With the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha now showing their back to Modi’s party, forget BJP expanding their presence in Bengal, the mighty might struggle to maintain the little so presence they have in the state, in the upcoming elections.
Reportedly, the GJM president Binay Tamang gave a letter to the AITC party chief and the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee sharing his interest in joining a possible third alliance.
This is another addition to the BJP’s streak of losing its allies. Earlier owing to the Citizenship Bill, Asom Gana Parishad, the ally of BJP in Assam had decided to cut its ties with the Party.
Sudesh Mahto led AJSU Party which is currently in the alliance with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and part of Raghubar Das government in Jharkhand had decided to break away with BJP for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Assembly Elections.